When Marlon Brando burst upon the scene in the epic Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire, no one was prepared for the intensity of his performance--especially when he brought these skills to a Golden Age Hollywood unused to such range. Drawing upon his studies at Lee Strasburg's Actors Studio, Brando channeled every buried emotion into his characters, and the result was mesmerizing. From James Dean to Jack Nicholson to Daniel Day-Lewis, Brando's influence can be seen through the decades.


Aug. 10, 2017, 7:30 p.m.


A smash on Broadway, then a smash in Hollywood, A Streetcar Named Desire features some of the most iconic acting in the history of both. Producer Charles K. Feldman gathered director Elia Kazan and actors Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden from the original stage production, and brought Vivien Leigh from the London production, and the result is a two hour class on the incredible possibilities of Method acting. Leigh, Hunter, and Malden all won Oscars for their performances.

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


Aug. 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m.


"I coulda been a contender!" So bemoans Brando's Terry Malloy, a down-on-his-heels former boxer who took a fall, and is now washed-up dockworker. But when Terry inadvertently becomes an accomplice to the murder of a witness to union corruption, and falls for the victim's sister, he's pushed into a conflict with a mob boss (Lee J. Cobb) and the boss' right hand man--who happens to be Terry's brother (Rod Steiger.) A veritable panorama of Method acting, On the Waterfront won Brando his first Oscar, Eve Marie-Saint Best Supporting Actress, and Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and three others.

35mm print courtesy Sony Pictures.


Aug. 24, 2017, 7:30 p.m.


"The horror, the horror!" This cinematic updating of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness captured the madness of the Vietnam War better than perhaps any film. Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) must go downriver to "terminate with extreme prejudice" out-of-control Colonel Kurtz (an out-of-control Brando), who has created a violent kingdom deep in the Vietnam jungle. Arriving overweight and underprepared, Brando nevertheless imbues Kurtz with an intensity that carries through the whole terrifying picture.

DCP courtesy American Zeotrope.


Aug. 31, 2017, 7:30 p.m.


Arguably the most quoted film of all time, and certainly one of the best pictures ever made, The Godfather marked Brando's comeback after a series of box office disasters (and a reputation for being difficult.) Brando's performance won him his second Oscar, and helped make the film the highest grossing film of 1972. A classic by any standard.

DCP courtesy Paramount Pictures.